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Mathews and Prasad leave England on the brink

LEEDS, ENGLAND: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and paceman Dhammika Prasad pushed England to the brink of defeat as the home side, set 350 to win, slumped to 57 for five on the fourth day of the second and final test on Monday. Mathews stroked a magnificent 160 to help Sri Lanka power their way to a second-innings total of 457 at Headingley after resuming on 214 for four. Paceman Liam Plunkett claimed two victims in two balls for the second time in the game as he added figures of four for 112 to his first-innings haul of…

Broad hat-trick and fiery Plunkett lift England

Stuart Broad became the first England player to bag two test hat-tricks and Liam Plunkett grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka were shot out for 257 on the first day of the second test on Friday. The home side, in reply, reached 36 for nought at the close of play at Headingley with captain Alastair Cook unbeaten on 14 and Sam Robson 21 not out. Broad became the fourth player in history to register two test hat-tricks and neither the all-rounder, his team mates nor the crowd realised it because the first wicket…

Sri Lanka can’t beat Root as England get on top

LONDON: Joe Root hit an unbeaten 102 and Moeen Ali impressed on his debut as England recovered from the loss of three early wickets to reach 344 for five on the first day of the opening test against Sri Lanka at Lord's on Thursday. Root, 23, yet to nail down any one position in the batting line-up in his fledgling international career and dropped for the final Ashes test in Australia at the start of the year, compiled his third test century from 190 balls and struck eight fours. He was given strong support by the recalled…